Interview "House of Representatives Elections 2017"

Interview with Sven Saaler regarding the 2017 House of Represenatives election and the trouble of the largest opposition party, the Democratic Party of Japan.

Photo: "National Diet Building" by Wiiii, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

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Events

Future of the automotive industry in Japan and Germany

In both Germany and Japan, the automotive industry is one of the key industries. However, the sector is at a crossroads due to current developments (such as digitization). The question arises to which extend the challenges faced by the German and Japanese automotive industries are similar and what recommendations for action result from this. These questions will be the focus of a dialogue between manufacturers, suppliers, scientists and trade unions active in Japan.

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Work Style Reform – How Can Women (and Men too) Shine? Gender Time Gap and Gender Equality in Japan and Germany

In modern society, gainful employment is the basis for an independent life, and working time is a crucial factor in people's lives as their lifestyles and opportunities depend on how long or short they work. In Japan as well as in Germany, working hours are unequally distributed, and it is especially women who work under precarious conditions. At the conference, the topic of gender-differentiated (working) time will be analysed comprehensively, but best practices from practice will also be presented and their implementation possibilities discussed in a German-Japanese comparison.

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Securing the rule of law. Japan and Germany in comparison

Japan and Germany are constitutional states in which the functions, controls and limits of law and politics are governed by the constitution. Both states see themselves as international leaders in the defence of legal norms. At this symposium, speakers address the relationship between lawmaking and politics in Japan and Germany.

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Graphic: J. Traud

Latest Publications

The future of the German automotive industry. Transformation by disaster or by design?

New concepts of digital mobility from China and Silicon Valley and the issue of environmental driving bans for diesel cars pose grave challenges to the traditional German car industry - the backbone of the German economy. German policies must support the transformation of mobility by initiating a stakeholder dialogue to forge a pact for future mobility to transform the German automotive industry.

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"Education and Patriotism" - A Documentary

Collin Rusneac provides a full translation of the TV documentary "Education and Patriotism"

(Kyōiku to aikoku) produced by Mainichi Broadcasting System for its series "MBS Eizō '17" and first aired in July 2017. It provides a critical look at recent debates surrounding the introduction of moral education in Japanese elementary and middle schools as a new subject and in particular focuses on the compilation, examination, approval and selection of textbooks for classes in moral education, while extending the analysis to the ongoing history textbook controversies.

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Renewable Energy Policies and the Energy Transition in Japan

This report outlines Japan’s renewable energy policy and the state of the energy transition in the country. It includes current prospects for climate change policy and the status of electrical power systems including nuclear power issues, status sand support policy of renewable energy as well as social issues and political feasibility. Furthermore, long-term vision and scenarios for promoting an energy transition are discussed, including community power and credit systems. Finally, policy recommendations are proposed for promoting energy transition in Japan.

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